Everything You Need to Know About Bandwidth for Your Business

Data consumption is at an all-time high, with no signs of slowing down. As a business, you’ve got infrastructure to maintain, and part of that is moderating bandwidth with performance and efficiency in mind.

Bandwidth simply means how much a connection can handle at a given moment. For a company, it’s a huge factor in how efficient a network is. It determines how much data flows around a business LAN at a given moment. It also determines the transmission of files to other factors outside the LAN, like a data center.

Your company needs to have the appropriate amount of bandwidth allotted for the type of services required. This will vary based on what your business does.

For instance, a data center is expected to handle enormous loads of information on any given basis. Therefore, its bandwidth capacity must be extremely high. Does that mean fiber is right for your company? Not at all. To give you an idea about what your business should know about bandwidth, let’s narrow those requirements down with some questions.

What does your business do?

The fundamental question, what services your company offers largely determine the bandwidth requirements. In most cases, a company only needs bandwidth that supports its LAN – allowing it to share files, media, and messages without slowdown.

Is your infrastructure compatible?

While most routers, switches, and cables are configured in such a way they’re automatically compatible, some infrastructure might be obsolete and won’t give you the full range of services you need.

For example, a switch that is only capable of receiving packets at 100mbps won’t make much use out of a 1000mbps 5e capable, which goes well beyond its bandwidth capacity. Your IT specialists will usually handle this, it’s important to make sure components work with each other in an efficient manner.

What’s the best topography?

Topography is the physical layout of a LAN and determines how hosts connect to each other and a central device (like a switch).

In most cases, you’ll use a star topography, but this may change depending on what your company needs.

What is your budget?

We mentioned fiber a moment ago, and at first glance, it sounds like an ideal connection. Transmitting on average of 1000mbps or more, what company wouldn’t go without that kind of speed?

These fiber connections are lightning fast, but incredibly expensive to lay out, and don’t suit the needs of all businesses. Your budget plays a major role in bandwidth – determining the kind of service and speed.

The good news is that Ethernet remains a standard and is incredibly cost effective. As such, you can still expect a great alternative with a smaller budget.

Understanding bandwidth is primarily about knowing what your business needs. Contact Stratosphere Networks to learn about solutions already prepared for ideal bandwidth usage and efficiency.

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